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Table 1 Characteristics of the study sample (n = 1,050)

From: Motivations to eat healthily in older Dutch adults - a cross sectional study

  N (%)
Female 553 (52.7)
Age (years)  
< 65 337 (32.1)
65-69.9 276 (26.3)
70-74.9 219 (20.9)
≥ 75 218 (20.8)
Education  
Low 227 (21.6)
Medium 605 (57.6)
High 218 (20.8)
Household income per month (net)  
Low (<1,135 Euro) 247 (23.5)
Medium (1,135-1,816 Euro) 660 (62.9)
High (>1,816 Euro) 143 (13.6)
Weight status (BMI)  
Normal (18.5-24.9 kg/m2) 290 (27.6)
Overweight (25-29.9 kg/m2) 505 (48.1)
Obesity (≥30 kg/m2) 238 (22.7)
Missing 17 (1.6)
Smoking  
Never smoked 388 (37.0)
Former 487 (46.4)
Current 167 (15.9)
Missing 8 (0.8)
Alcohol use  
Non-drinker 228 (21.7)
Moderate (<3 glasses per day) 586 (55.8)
(Very) excessive (≥3 glasses per day) 236 (22.5)
Number of diet related chronic diseases  
0 516 (49.1)
1 331 (31.5)
2 or more 203 (19.3)
Presence of diet related chronic diseases specific  
CVD 283 (27.0)
Hypertension 373 (35.5)
Diabetes Mellitus 94 (9.0)
Walking disability  
Yes 100 (9.5)
Missing 2 (0.2)
Self-rated health  
Good 754 (71.8)
Poor 296 (28.2)
Depressive symptoms  
Yes 86 (8.2)
Nutritional knowledge (range: 0-14)  
Low (≤5) 273 (26.0)
Medium (6-9) 467 (44.5)
High (≥10) 141 (13.4)
Missing 169 (16.1)
  1. BMI Body Mass Index, CVD Cardio Vascular Diseases.